An additional €50/head has been added to the production costs of rearing a calf over the last two years, analysis from the Irish Farmers Journal, Thrive dairy calf-to-beef programme has shown.

In 2021, the average cost of bringing a calf to two weeks post-weaning off milk was €106/head, excluding the purchase price of the calf. This cost is projected to be €153/head this year. It marks a 44% increase in costs from 2021 and a 24% increase on this time last year.